Politics

Henk Kamp
Jan 30 '15 13:53

The Dutch government has no plans to change the amount of gas extracted out of Groningen this year, wrote Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp on Thursday. The current level of 39.4 billion cubic meters was recently introduced to reduce the risk of earthquake, and that will remain in effect for now, according to FD.nl.

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Jan 29 '15 17:34

Parents should maintain the right to advise childcare facilities on pricing, political parties PvdA, CDA and D66 said during a debate session with Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher. The debate is about Asscher's new bill that aims to strengthen parents' position in child care.

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Jan 29 '15 13:04

The PVV departments in Flevoland, Zeeland, Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, and Noord-Holland have removed the headscarf ban for civil servants from their election programs. In 2011 they still stated that officials, State members and deputies were not welcome in the Province House if they arrive with a headscarf. Now that point has disappeared.

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Jan 29 '15 10:44

The PvdA and SGP want to know exactly how many people are walking around freely after being convicted and require psychiatric treatment. This could happen, for example, if a person appealed against a ruling.

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Jan 28 '15 15:00

According to the foreman of employers association VNO-NCW, Hans de Boer, a quarter of the Dutch budget for development cooperation, 1 billion euros, should be invested in emergency aid "with the expressed aim to be first in any disaster."

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Jan 28 '15 13:11

Will Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice be stepping down after the Council elections on March 18th? That question has been buzzing around the Binnenhof.

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Jan 28 '15 09:43

KLM will retain control over its own finances. Parent company Air France-KLM's plans to transfer the subsidiaries' extra cash to the holding company is off the table, the French-Dutch airline group announced on Tuesday.

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Jan 27 '15 18:22

Dutch King, Willem-Alexander, his wife, Queen Máxima and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte are taking part of the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

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Jan 27 '15 17:55

The Minister of Foreign Trade, Lilianne Ploumen, expressed her appreciation and support for Gavi in Berlin today, committing the Netherlands to a quarter-billion euros in support. Gavi, founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, performs large-scale vaccination programs in developing countries worldwide.

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Jan 27 '15 13:00

The opposition parties PVV and CDA want explanations from Minister Stef Blok (Housing) regarding the energy label that has been mandatory when selling a home since January 1st. This is in response to reports in De Telegraaf, which reported that many complained about the label and that there is a deliberate unfavorable assessment of houses that should induce people to insulate their homes better.

Henk Kamp
Jan 26 '15 18:37

The Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, will be visiting China next week, in an attempt to bring Dutch entrepreneurs and scientists more opportunities in burgeoning Chinese markets. Like Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan's similar trip to China in October 2014, the goal will also be to bring more Chinese investment and tourism to the Netherlands.

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Jan 26 '15 17:31

A suspect has emerged in the murder of former Health Minister Els Borst, police have announced. The breakthrough in the year-old mystery appears closely linked to a “disturbed” man held for killing his sister earlier this month, but police remain mum for now.

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Jan 25 '15 16:41

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb again repeated his call for religious extremists in the Netherlands to "fuck off," while speaking at a service in a mosque. The mayor visited the Essalam Mosque Saturday night and made his remarks in front of 250 people gathered there.

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Jan 23 '15 17:57

It would be better if the State of Israel would be moved from the Middle East to the United States, says the former Minister of Economic Affairs, Herman Heinsbroek to Quote.
"Then we might finally see peace in the world."

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Jan 23 '15 11:44

The PvdA wants Defense to eventually replace to four Navy submarines and buy new ones. Parliament Member Angelien Eijsink said this in Trouw today. Coalition partner VVD as well as CDA have long been advocates for this.

Jan 22 '15 15:50

The Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) is concerned with the attitude towards homosexuality in conservative religious circles. MP Keklik Yücel says that more efforts must be made to increase acceptance of gay people among Muslim and religious Protestant communities, according to Het Parool.

Jan 22 '15 15:23

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders is participating in a meeting of the anti-ISIS coalition in London on Thursday, according to Rijksoverheid. The Netherlands is a member of the coalition's core group comprised of twenty countries, the European Union and the United Nations.

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Jan 22 '15 09:24

Within a year the packaging of cigarettes and tobacco must consist of at least 65 percent of warning texts and pictures of all kinds of distasteful conditions that you get from smoking. There must also be an age restriction of 18 years for the sale of electronic cigarettes.

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Jan 22 '15 09:11

According to PvdA Parliament Member Ahmed Marcouch, the integration course must pay more attention to the importance of freedom of expression. He said this to NU.nl following the recent attacks on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

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Jan 22 '15 08:30

According to American whistle blower Edward Snowden, mass surveillance is not effective at all. "The problem with mass surveillance is that you're burying people under too much data." Snowden said in an interview with Niewsuur in Moscow.

Jan 21 '15 17:59

Dutch intelligence services AIVD and MIVD walk on the leash of USA's National Security Agency (NSA) and are "extremely docile" and seen as "subordinates", says former NSA and CIA employee Edward Snowden in an interview to Volkskrant and Nieuwsuur.

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Jan 21 '15 09:04

The basic grant for students will soon be a thing of the past. The First Chamber approved the introduction of a loan system last night.

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Jan 20 '15 21:49

There should be a ban on pimps to reduce the exploitation of prostitutes, says the socially conservative political party ChristenUnie. Pimps regulate prostitution and take a part of the prostitutes' money, they claim. They are oftentimes not punishable by law and there should be a bill changing that, the party suggests.

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Jan 20 '15 21:26

Labour party PvdA has agreed to the proposal of Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, to reduce gas extraction in Groningen by seven percent. The party however wants new scenarios for the future that take the possible further gas reductions in to account.

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